Go Visit Hawaii readers know that one of the best ways to save money on their Hawaii vacation is to skip the hotel’s fancy breakfast buffet and find a good local spot for good food and a slice of local culture. Well, in Honolulu, Leonard’s Bakery is a great place to observe the wonderful melting pot that Hawaii is and to grab a delicious breakfast bite.
This restaurant is well known for its malasadas and pao-doce which are pastries that Portuguese immigrants introduced to Hawaii. Malasadas are like sugary doughnuts with fruit or cream fillings. Pao-doce were rolls with savory fillings like ham, bacon, and cheese. We had to sample one of each all in the name of good research of course. Andy and I are happy to report that both are very good. We tried tried the coconut, guava, custard and chocolate filled malasadas and the ham and cream cheese pao-doce. The malasadas cost $0.90 each and the pao-doce cost $2.75 each.
Leonard’s Bakery is located at 933 Kapahulu Avenue in Honolulu. (See this link for a Google Map.) For those staying in Waikiki, it’s a bit of a long walk which may not be a bad idea considering the calories you’ll want to consume. Most likely you’ll want to drive or take TheBus. The bakery does have a parking area, but it is small. If you want to eat here, there’s benches in front of the store. It’s a neat little spot to people watch and observe Honolulu waking up.
Have you tried Leonard’s Bakery? What did you have? Did you like it?